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Lee Do-hyun (front) in a still from Sweet Home. The actor may star opposite Lim Soo-jung in a new drama series. Photo: Son Ik-chung/Netflix

New K-drama roles for Space Sweepers and Sweet Home stars, and a Korean remake of Money Heist

  • Kim Tae-ri, star of Space Sweepers and The Handmaiden, could play a fencer in a romance opposite Nam Joo-hyuk. Sweet Home’s Lee Do-hyun may play a maths whizz
  • In Netflix’s Korean remake of Money Heist, Oldboy star Yoo Ji-tae will play the “professor” and Burning star Jeon Jong-seo the part of gang member Tokyo
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Fans of Korean drama can look forward to some big-name romantic pairings later this year, with a fresh batch of enticing casting announcements.

Fencing, maths and magic are among the themes of upcoming K-drama series announced over the past few weeks that include a few high-profile remakes. 


Lee Do-hyun has appeared in four shows in nine months, including Sweet Home, but the young actor is showing no signs of slowing down. He may be appearing alongside A Tale of Two Sisters actress Lim Soo-jung in new drama Melancholia (literal title).

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The series would see the pair play a teacher and student who become swept up in an illicit romance. Lee is eyeing the role of Baek Seung-yoo, a young maths prodigy who enrolled in MIT as a 10-year-old. Lim is considering playing the 18-year-old Seung-yoo’s maths teacher.

The pair meet again four years later and soon find themselves wrapped up in scandal.


(Clockwise from top left) Yoo Ji-tae, Park Hae-soo, Lee Won-jong and Jeon Jong-seo will star in The House of Paper, a Korean remake of Money Heist.

The House of Paper

The big Netflix casting news in the past month was the confirmed line-up for The House of Paper, the streaming giant’s Korean remake of the hit Spanish series Money Heist, which follows the thrilling story of a group who plan an ambitious heist at the Royal Mint of Spain.

Oldboy star Yoo Ji-tae will play the “professor” who leads the gang, and in his crew will include Prison Playbook’s Park Hae-soo, playing gang member Berlin, Burning star Jeon Jong-seo as Tokyo, and model-turned-actress Jang Yoon-ju as Nairobi. Meanwhile, Lost alumnus Kim Yun-jin will play the head of the investigation task force that tries to ferret them out.

The House of Paper will be directed by Kim Hong-sun, who recently directed the sci-fi action series L. U. C. A.: The Beginning


Following a supporting turn in The School Nurse Files, new face Park Hye-eun is set to have her first leading role in a drama opposite Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol’s Lee Jae-wook in the forthcoming series Return (translated title).

Park Hye-eun (left) in a still from The School Nurse Files. Photo: Netflix

The project is the latest show from the Hong Sisters, the top K-drama writing pair known for hit shows such as Hotel del Luna and My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox. Though plot details are scarce for the moment, the series is said to be a fantasy romance about young magicians dealing with heavenly spirits.


Seashore Village ChaChaCha

Veteran actress Shin Min-a and rising star Kim Seon-ho have been confirmed for the upcoming romantic comedy drama Seaside Village ChaChaCha (translated title). The series is a remake of the 2004 film Mr. Handy with Uhm Jung-hwa and the late Kim Joo-hyuk.

Shin, who last appeared in the noir thriller Diva, will play Hye-jin, a dentist who moves to a seaside village when her life starts to fall apart. Kim, fresh from the hit series Start-Up, is slated to play Doo-shik, a local man known as Mr. Hong who isn’t officially employed but somehow seems to help everyone around town.

Shin Ha-eun, who previously worked on The Crowned Clown, is penning the series, with Hi Bye, Mama!’s Yoo Je-won in the director’s chair. Seaside Village ChaChaCha is scheduled to air in the second half of the year. 


Following his role as a runner-turned-sports agent in Run On, Im Si-wan is mulling taking on the leading role in revenge drama Tracer (literal title), as Hwang Dong-joon, a determined young investigator at the National Tax Service who sets his sights on In Tae-joon, the corrupt commissioner of the Seoul Regional Office.

Im Si-wan in a still from Run On. Photo: Netflix

Eyeing the tole of Tae-joon is veteran actor Son Hyun-joo, known for cinema thrillers such as Hide and Seek and last year’s TV procedural The Good Detective

Twenty-Five Twenty-One

Kim Tae-ri and Nam Joo-hyuk, two of Korea’s most visible young actors on both the big and small screen, may be pairing up for the upcoming tvN drama Twenty-Five Twenty-One (translated title). Both actors are positively reviewing offers to star in the romantic drama, which would see Nam play a budding sports reporter while Kim would play a young fencing star.

Kim Tae-ri on the set of Space Sweepers. Photo: Netflix

Kim is known for director Park Chan-wook’s acclaimed film The Handmaiden and the Netflix sci-fi action film Space Sweepers. Twenty-Five Twenty-One would see her reunite with Jung Ji-hyun, the director of Mr. Sunshine, her last K-drama outing. Nam has been very busy over the past year, appearing in the drama Start-Up, the Netflix Original The School Nurse Files and the film Josée.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One is expected to air this coming winter.